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Old 12-29-2012, 08:41 AM   #1
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What's your favorite low amp space heater?

We're newbies, had our MH about 5 months and have decided we will continue to use it year round (mainly to visit family).

So we have the heated water hose, our MH came with the Arctic Pac, and now we are shopping for a space heater to help out the furnace. Over Christmas we found that our old space heater wouldn't keep up with 25 degrees farenheit outside, but it did help extend the furnace cycles.

But we want to upgrade. So far we've found one ceramic space heater using 12 amps that sounds promising - so we want to ask the experts. What space heater do you use?
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:15 AM   #2
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Oh, and can someone discuss BTUs?

This is what I'm looking at Digital Quartz Infrared Heater - Howard Berger Co Inc CZ2011P - Portable Heaters - Camping World - note 3400 btu's at 8 amps. (and 20 lbs??)

And this is approximately what I have - Milkhouse Heater - Howard Berger Co Inc CZ798BK - Portable Heaters - Camping World - note 5000 btu's at 12 amps, but this is the one that couldn't keep the heat maintained on its own at anything less than mid 30s.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:31 AM   #3
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A BTU is basically a measure of heat output. The higher the BTUs the more heat you will have. Most, if not all, residential electric space heaters are 1500 watt or less. The heater you have now, is about the max you can expect to get from any portable space heater.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:46 AM   #4
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what about those infrared heaters? They have lower BTUs but claim larger heating square footage.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:35 AM   #5
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We have a edenpure 1500, infared. I tried it at the house with no furnace to see how well it worked.
It was to be in the upper 20s overnight when I turned it on and turned furnace on to bring inside temp to about 67-68. I turned the furnace off and left the heater on high and went in the house. In the morning I went out and outside temp was 29f, went in the trailer and it was about 55-56. I was hoping it would do a little better than that, but heating about 320sq ft of space, I guess 26 increase of temp isn't to bad. Use it with the furnace and I bet that it would help your propane bill a lot. Probably could use heater only for rvs under 25'.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:29 PM   #6
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Yeah, thats what I'm sensing - I either need two, or use one solely to supplement the furnace ⛄
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:43 PM   #7
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We use 2 heaters in our 34'TT. We have a 1500 watt heater in the living area and a oil filled heater in the bedroom area. The oil filled is set on the 800 watt setting and it keeps the bedroom warm (we do not like a hot bedroom for sleeping). The heater in the living area is set on low an keeps the room at 72 f. Day time highs around 34 and night time lows mid to high 20's.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:50 PM   #8
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On my last camper I wired a switch to be able to run the furnace blower only. I use 2 little $20 home depot heaters and run the furnace blower. We've been able to hold temps in the high 60s on some pretty cold nights, maybe in the low 30s. That's with no furnace heat, just the blower.
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been using oil filled electric radiators and tried to use the infrared heater in the living room but it was just not enough umph.. using a ceramic heater now. furnace is down cause of a gasket so 2 oil filled radiators (1 bedroom, one bathroom) and the ceramic in the living room.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:00 PM   #10
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Who cares?

Life is way too short to worry about a couple bucks worth of propane. Turn on your furnace and enjoy yourself. I can maintain 72 degrees using the furnace only but usually keep it at about 66 where I am comfortable. living in western New York we do get our share of cold camping weather. Let's put things in perspective. You pull a $30,000 trailer with a $45,000 truck. Is saving a few bucks on propane worth the trouble? Not as far as I am concerned.
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